Published in the Doomstead Diner September 22, 2014
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“When the mob governs, man is ruled by ignorance; when the church governs, he is ruled by superstition; and when the state governs, he is ruled by fear. Before men can live together in harmony and understanding, ignorance must be transmuted into wisdom, superstition into an illumined faith, and fear into love. Despite statements to the contrary, Masonry is a religion seeking to unite God and man by elevating its initiates to that level of consciousness whereon they can behold with clarified vision the workings of the Great Architect of the Universe. From age to age the vision of a perfect civilization is preserved as the ideal for mankind.”
~ Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
In northeast Georgia near the border with South Carolina, lies the town of Elberton, county seat of Elbert County and the self proclaimed “Granite Capital of the World.” Elbert County is so rich in granite that it supports over 40 active quarries and more granite construction per square mile than you are likely to see elsewhere. There is an excellent chance that regardless of where you live in the FSoA, there’s a chunk of Elbert County near you. Over the course of the past century, Elberton granite has been exported all over the country and the world in the form of buildings, monuments, countertops and the ubiquitous gravestone.
What is brick where you live is granite in Elberton. Homes, road signs, banks, the community center, the local jail and even high school football stadium are all constructed out of the sparkling local rock. Geologists describe it as a combination of feldspar, mica and quartz. Not surprisingly, little Elberton, with a population under 5,000, probably has the highest concentration of monuments in the world.
On a tall hilltop in Elbert County, Georgia, stands a large granite monument. Five giant stones, astronomically aligned, support a common capstone. Each is engraved with Guides, or commandments, in eight different languages.
These are The Georgia Guidestones. Though relatively unknown, this unique monument was erected with little fanfare, but continues to fan the flames of endless rumor and speculation. Some see in it an important link to an occult hierarchy that dominates our world, others to the Illuminati, others to Freemasonry or the Rosicrucians. The stones stand idle, and readily accept whatever images and interpretations projected upon them. But what do we really know?
We do know that this past weekend, a story moved that posited that the stones had been updated with a granite block inserted into one corner of a slab bearing the date, “2014.” Great has been the flurry in certain sectors of the alt media this weekend, though no one saw it being installed. The fact that no one has anything to report has not deterred them from reporting it.
I had started a draft of this article, and hoped to drive to Georgia to photograph it myself before publishing it. But this latest odd wrinkle, and the speculation it has generated, led me to cut it loose now.
The Georgia Guidestones are a monument of four vertical granite slabs, on which are carved ten “commandments” in eight languages. Supposedly adherence to these will ostensibly help mankind usher in a “New Age of Reason.”
The first commandment? Maintaining the world population under 500 million people. Which means 92 per cent of you will have to oblige by getting off the planet. Whether these stones are a proclamation or a warning, and whether or not they are the works of a small group of eccentrics or an occult secret society, one does not have to be a conspiracy theorist to observe the assaults on the well being of ordinary people, on standards of living, on the earth’s very climate, on vectors of disease and man-made toxic threat, on real food, fresh water and clean air to connect the dots and posit the likelihood of a “Great Culling” to accomplish such an objective.
By the way, a very fine article here provides a good deal of the background.
The monument itself, sometimes optimistically known as the American Stonehenge, is almost 20 feet high and is made of six granite slabs, weighing 240,000 pounds. The most astonishing detail of the monument is less the size and more the, “Ten Rules for an “Age of Reason.”
These “guides” touch upon subjects typically associated with the “New World Order”, including massive depopulation, a single world government, the introduction of a new type of spirituality, etc. The authors of those rules have remained anonymous in spite of several investigations to uncover the sponsors. But before disappearing into the Georgia mists, this mysterious group left a text explaining the reasoning behind the rules, which purports to describe an ideal world, as envisioned by occult Secret Societies. Let the reader make what he or she will of the stone’s declarations.
The Guidestones’ “Ten Commandments”
The ten guides for a new Age of Reason are as follows:
1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
10. Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.
As you can see, the guidelines call for a drastic reduction of the world population, the adoption of new a world language, the creation of a world court and vague allusions to eugenics. In other words, a blueprint for a New World Order.
“World democracy was the secret dream of the great classical philosophers. Toward the accomplishment of this greatest of all human ends they outlined programs of education, religion, and social conduct directed to the ultimate achievement of a practical and universal brotherhood. And in order to accomplish their purposes more effectively, these ancient scholars bound themselves with certain mystic ties into a broad confraternity. In Egypt, Greece, India, and China, the State Mysteries came into existence. Orders of initiated priest-philosophers were formed as a sovereign body to instruct, advise, and direct the rulers of the States.”
-Manly P. Hall, The Secret Destiny of America
At this point, you might well be saying, “All well and good for you to wrap your head in tinfoil. So some southern cranks put together a pot on money and erected some standing stones. It doesn’t necessarily mean what you intend, and certainly does not necessarily indicate the work of a secret cabal…”
Indeed. Most days, we might ordinarily agree with you. But to do so would be to overlook the single most significant piece of evidence left behind, the above mentioned text, easily found in The Georgia Guidestone Guidebook, a 50-page pamphlet published by the Elberton Granite Finishing Company, which erected the monument. In a straightforward manner, and describing their motives in great detail, the authors of the monument make it clear that they do seek the creation of a New World Order.
So feel free to belay the finger-circles-at-the-temples just yet.
From the booklet:
“It is very probable that humanity now possesses the knowledge needed to establish an effective world government. In some way that knowledge must he widely seeded in the consciousness of all mankind. Very soon the hearts of our human family must be touched and warmed so we will welcome a global rule of reason.
‘The group consciousness of our race is blind, perverse, and easily distracted by trivia when it should be focused on fundamentals. We are entering a critical era. Population pressures will soon create political and economic crisis throughout the world. These will make more difficult and at the same time more needed the building of a rational world society.
“A first step will be to convince a doubting world that such a society is now possible. Let us keep in view enduring appeals to the collective reason of humanity. Let us draw attention to the basic problems. Let us establish proper priorities. We must order our home here on earth before we reach for the stars.
“Human reason is now awakening to its strength. It is the most powerful agency yet released in the unfolding of life on our planet. We must make humanity aware that acceptance of compassionate, enlightened reason will let us control our destiny within the limits inherent in our nature.
“It is difficult to seed wisdom in closed human minds. Cultural inertias are not easily overcome. Unfolding world events and the sad record of our race dramatize the shortcomings of traditional agencies in governing human affairs. The approaching crisis may make mankind willing to accept a system of world law which will stress the responsibility of individual nations in regulating internal affairs, and which will assist them in the peaceful management of international frictions.
‘With such a system we could eliminate war, We could provide every person an opportunity to seek a life of purpose and fulfillment.
“There are alternatives to Armageddon. They are attainable. But they will not happen without coordinated efforts by millions of dedicated people in all nations of the earth.
“We, the sponsors of The Georgia Guidestones®, are a small group of Americans who wish to focus attention on problems central to the present quandary of humanity. We have a simple message for other human beings, now and in the future. We believe it contains self-evident truths, and we intend no bias for a particular creed or philosophy. Yet our message is in some areas controversial. We have chosen to remain anonymous in order to avoid debate and contention which might confuse our meaning, and which might delay a considered review of our thoughts. We believe that our precepts are sound. They must stand on their own merits.
Your mileage may very, but this sounds pretty new-world-ordery to me.
How Did the Guidestones get there? And by whom?
The story of the ordering of the Guidestones is recounted thus in the official guidebook.
“What started out as a usual Friday afternoon in mid-summer has ended in the production and erection of one of the world’s most unusual monuments, produced under the most unusual conditions. Joe Fendley, president of Elbert Granite Finishing Company, Inc. in Elberton, Georgia,was spending this Friday afternoon in June 1979 like he spends most Friday afternoons … studying his weekly reports and generally closing up shop for a weekend … and then it all started.
A neatly dressed man walked into Fendley’s Tate Street office and said he wanted to buy a monument. Since everyone else in the office was busy, Fendley decided to talk to the stranger himself and explained that his company does not sell directly to the public, but only on a wholesale basis.
Not to be discouraged, the middle-aged man who identified himself only as Mr. Robert C. Christian, said he wanted to know the cost of building a monument to the conservation of mankind and began telling Fendley what type of monument he wanted. With this he outlined the size in metric measurements.
Fendley admitted that his first reaction to Mr. Christian was not very good, but after listening for about 20 minutes and learning the massive size of the monument he wished to purchase and have erected, Fendley decided he should take this man seriously.”
If the name R.C. Christian was simply a meaningless pseudonym, why would it engraved on to the monument for posterity? And “pseudonym” misspelled? Some allege that the name “R.C. Christian” is a clear reference to Christian Rosenkreuz whose English name is Christian Rose Cross, the legendary founder of the Rosicrucian Order, and thus a hint for posterity.
Is the message of the stones a cynical one predicting, or urging, the elimination of 12 of 13 people currently alive? The last rule of the Guidestones, “Be not a cancer on the earth – leave room for nature – leave room for nature” is a deeply troubling comparison of human life on earth to cancer. It does not take a great deal of speculation to infer what sort of person would view the great majority of humanity thusly. If you are one of the elite, and assured of your place in the “lifeboat,” it becomes easier to rationalize the extinction of nearly all of the world’s population.
Since their erection in 1980, the stones have often been defaced with red paint and epithets. Locals come out to clean and restore them. Little is clear other than the swirling speculation, but the stones will clearly outlive the defacers, their frustrations and their red paint. Whether the Stones will continue to exist in the planned-for future envisioned by those who erected them, to deliver their cautionary message, seems assured.
Surly1 is an administrator and contributing author to Doomstead Diner. He is the author of numerous rants, articles and spittle-flecked invective on this site, and quit barking and got off the porch long enough to be briefly active in the Occupy movement. He shares a home in Southeastern Virginia with Contrary and is grateful each day for the life he has with her, and that he is not yet taking a dirt nap.